Thyme Lime Tipple
Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2013
I forget about thyme. The herb. (I lose track of the other time as well these days. As much as I think I want to simplify my life, I keep finding new pursuits, fascinating people, and bigger dreams to add.) But back to the thyme I can grow. I had an idea to make an herbal simple syrup with thyme, lime and black peppercorns. Wow – that turned out to be a tasty little number. Gin and dry vermouth were next. With cucumber slices and sprigs of thyme for the pretty factor, and more flavor. A final squeeze of fresh lime juice, and a couple of dashes of lime bitters. A tantalizing garden cocktail – the Thyme Lime Tipple. I won’t be forgetting about thyme for a while, after its’ starring role in this recipe.
Thyme Lime Tipple
- 1 ounce gin
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
- 1/2 ounce Thyme Lime Herbal Syrup
- 3 – 5 slices of cucumber
- generous sprig of thyme
- squeeze of fresh lime juice
- lime bitters
Thyme Lime Herbal Syrup
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 cup organic cane sugar
- grated zest of one lime (grate the zest from the lime before you squeeze it for the juice)
- 1/2 cup fresh thyme sprigs
- 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
Mix all the ingredients in a small sauce pan, and stir while heating over medium heat. As soon as the sugar dissolves, remove the pan from the heat. Try not to let it boil. Let the syrup cool and infuse for an hour or so. Strain into a glass jar and refrigerate.
To create this garden cocktail, mix the gin, dry vermouth, and Thyme Lime Herbal Syrup with ice, and strain into your serving glass. Add the cucumber slices, sprig of fresh thyme, a good squeeze of fresh lime juice, and a dash or two of lime bitters. Adjust the proportions of gin, dry vermouth, and Thyme Lime Herbal Syrup to make your tipple more or less sweet.
Coming next, the Thyme Lime Fizz – an herbal wine spritzer using the Thyme Lime Herbal Syrup. And for more infused syrup recipes, please check out Infusions & More above.